You will be able to see a noticeable difference immediately after your dermal fillers treatment. Bare in mind, that this will include the bulk amount of swelling – which may increase over the next 24 hours as part of your bodys natural inflammatory response. Results are best seen at 3-4 weeks after your treatment.
Dermal fillers are designed to fade very slowly and gradually, so for the vast majority of patients, results should last anywhere between 6 and 12 months. This timeframe does vary depending on each patient’s skin, the treatment area and the type of filler used.
We schedule appointments for 45 minutes to one hour, depending on the area being treated. This allows the numbing cream applied to start working and gives us enough time for a thorough consultation, time for you to ask questions, and the procedure itself!
Some discomfort is to be expected during the dermal fillers procedure, but as for whether it will hurt, it depends on everyone’s individual pain threshold. Topical anaesthetic cream is applied to the treatment area prior to injection to ensure your experience is as comfortable as possible. The fillers also contain a local anesthetic which assists in reducing pain throughout the procedure.
Fortunately, there is the option of completely reversing the results you obtain from dermal filler treatments. A solution called Hyaluronidase is simply injected into the treatment site which effectively dissolves the filler within approximately 24 hours.
The most common side effects with any dermal filler treatment is localised swelling and injection site tenderness. This is very normal and will subside within 24-48 hours with the site completely settling within 2 weeks. Occasionally, some people will experience bruising. This is more commonly seen in people on anti-coagulant or blood thinning medications and will typically resolve within 7 days post treatment. Some patients may experience the rare ‘Tyndall effect’ whereby a blue appearance under the skin is seen post treatment. This can be caused by filler being placed placed too superficially in the skin, too much filler has been injected or can be due to patient factors such as thin skin.
More serious complications such as infection and tissue necrosis is exceedingly rare. Infection can occur effect despite the sterile standard precautions taken. Signs of a dermal filler infection are redness, tenderness, swelling and pain. If this occurs, you will need to see your doctor for antibiotic treatment. Necrosis caused by dermal filler blocking the blood supply to the skin. In the exceptional circumstance where a vascular event is suspected, the filler will be dissolved with Hyaluronidase. All injectors should have a protocol for immediate treatment of this emergency.
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not have dermal filler treatments. Although they are not thought to be dangerous, treatment is best avoided during this time. Patients who have a current infection (such as HSV) will not be treated until resolved to ensure no further complications arise from the placement of fillers. Any patient with permanent fillers may be declined filler injections where the safety of the patient may be compromised.
Absolutely, there is no downtime or recovery period with dermal fillers. Application of make-up should be delayed at least 4 hours post treatment. Minimising significant movement and massaging the treated area is advised as this will manipulate the placement of the filler. It is recommended to avoid extreme temperature changes such as sauna use or cryotherapy for the next 24 hours to allow the filler to settle. Avoiding excessive exercise and consumption of alcohol is also recommended to assist in the reduction of swelling and bruising. Any laser and facial treatments such as microdermabrasion should be avoided for 10 days post treatment.